Every day, people around the world rely on their pharmacist to give them the correct medication. Sometimes this medication can be a simple prescription, but in many cases, it can be a life-saving tool. People trust their pharmacists and usually do not ask many questions because it is presumed that they know what they are doing and talking about. Pharmacists undergo extensive training just like any other doctor. This comprehensive education prepares pharmacists to understand how to dispense medicine correctly.
After a doctor has prescribed treatment, it is the pharmacist’s responsibility to ensure that the patient is receiving the correct dosage and the proper medication needed for treatment. The pharmacist is also responsible for communicating how to administer the drug and any appropriate warnings. Pharmaceutical malpractice is when a pharmacist incorrectly prescribes a medication or prescribes the wrong dosage to a patient.
When people take the wrong prescription or the wrong dosage, they can end up with life-changing consequences. Pregnant patients are at particular risk. They rely on the pharmacist to correctly prescribe the medication to keep the unborn fetus safe. Medication mishaps can lead to deformities or illness, and in some cases even in death. Pregnant women and families trust pharmacists to pay special attention and consider the health and well-being of a fetus when prescribing medications.
Medication Errors & Pregnancy
Perhaps one of the best-known cases of medication errors and pregnancy is the prescribing of Thalidomide to pregnant mothers. During the 1950’s and 60’s many babies were born with deformities due to their mothers taking the drug Thalidomide. Many mothers were prescribed this drug to help with morning sickness and sleeping issues. Several babies were born with life-altering deformities, and many died as a result of this medication error.
Look For Signs
You can look for signs that your medication is incorrect. Pay attention to and track your symptoms or any side-effects that you notice from the medicine. Speak to a doctor or a healthcare professional right away.
Pharmaceutical malpractice can change your life and affect your family forever. If you or someone you love has been the victim of pharmacy malpractice, please contact us. The applicable statute of limitations may already be running out, so give us a call. We are dedicated to justice and fighting for what is right.